Manti / Mantı

I remember eating mantı (pronounced maantuh) when I was really little while on holiday visiting family in Turkey, watching as hundreds of teeny tiny parcels of yumminess were origamied into existence, kind of like the smallest ravioli you can imagine. And yes, that’s an i without a dot, one of the many vowels in the… Continue reading Manti / Mantı

Simit

How do you keep 3 small children entertained when traipsing around Istanbul catching up with friends (and when those 3 small children don’t speak Turkish)? Well, according to my parents c1980 you give them some simit and they’ll be happy. Available absolutely everywhere from street stalls and sellers that wander about touting their wares, these… Continue reading Simit

Börek

If memory serves, then every single family celebration we’ve ever had at my parent’s home has featured börek, and consequently I do the same. They’re simply the best way to get a party started – crunchy cheesy pastries, perfect for nibbling with a glass of something lovely. Börek can be made in a variety of… Continue reading Börek

Turkish flatbread

Easy peasy lemon squeezy – these flatbreads are ready in a couple of hours (ish) from start to finish, need next to no kneading, and taste wonderful. Makes 6. Go go go! Ingredients 500g plain white flour 1 tsp free flowing salt 2 tbsp fast action yeast 150ml warm water 150ml warm milk 3 tbsp… Continue reading Turkish flatbread

Lahmajun

One of my all time top favourite foods, and one that instantly takes me back to childhood and holidays visiting family in Istanbul. When word gets out now that a batch has been made then sibling seem to turn up out of the blue looking hopeful for leftovers. Oh and the day I discovered that… Continue reading Lahmajun

Turkish green bean salad

My father used to make this All. The. Time. There always seemed to be a dish full of it sitting in the kitchen ready to be snacked upon. When I first made it as an adult I was instantly transported back to my parents kitchen, and now I make it often. I’ve given quantities of… Continue reading Turkish green bean salad